• Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Brisbanes Convict Museum.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    The Museum is housed within Queenslands oldest habitable, and most significant heritage building, The Commissariat Store.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Open 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Guided tours of the museum are available from our volunteer staff.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Group tours available for school groups and adult social groups. Contact the museum for more details.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    The museum has a number of permanent exhibitions relating to Convict and Colonial Queensland and rotating displays that feature aspects of Queenslands contemporary history.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Open 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday.

The Commissariat Store Museum

The Commissariat Store is a niche museum that specialises in showcasing Queensland History. The museum is an initiative of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and staffed by volunteers from the Society.

The most significant exhibit is the building itself. The Commissariat Store is Queenslands oldest habitable, and most significant heritage building. The lower two floors of this magnificent building were convict built during 1828 and 1829. The third floor, now the main entrance from William Street was added in 1913.

Upon entering the museum you’ll be greeted by our friendly guides. The top floor contains the first of our rotating exhibitions that feature various aspects of Queensland’s varied and colorful history. The exhibition cabinets continue on the middle floor and feature rotating exhibitions and more permanent exhibitions that explore the colonial period in Queenslands history. On this floor you’ll find the infamous ‘Convict Finger’.

The ground floor features several handcrafted, detailed models of buildings from the early Colony of Brisbane. These models are arranged in a street layout. On this floor you’ll also find the latest addition to the Museum, the Moreton Bay Panorama and Tom Petrie interactive displays. You may notice the numbered panels on the ground floor. These panels are numbered from a previous archaeological dig and some of the items from this dig are on display on the middle floor.

Staff permitting, all visitors to the museum are offered a complimentary guided tour. Our guides are knowledgeable in the features of the building, colonial history and the exhibitions on display and are happy to answer your questions!

The Commissariat Store Museum welcomes the opportunity to conduct group tours of the museum. We are able to cater for educational groups of all year levels, community groups and adult social groups. Continue scrolling down for more detail on group tours and educational resources.

Find Us

 

Opening Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Admission

Adults – $7
Concession / Tertiary Students – $5
School Pupils – $3
Family (2+2) – $14
Tour Groups (15+) – $5

Audio Tour

Before visiting be sure to download our audio tour via the izi.TRAVEL app onto your compatible iOS, Android or Windows Phone device.

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Current Exhibitions

Group Tours & Teacher Materials

Our volunteer guides conduct tours for all year levels, adult social groups and other educational institutions. Tours can be arranged Tuesday to Friday. Our professionally trained tour guides, all with current blue cards, can immerse your group in Queensland’s convict history in Convict Built Commissariat Store building.

For schools, the Commissariat store is located in the Brisbane CBD within walking distance of other popular locations – Parliament House, the Science Centre, Queensland Museum, South Bank Parklands and the Botanic Gardens. Our team is able to work with you to design a program that maximises your students learning experience in line with your curriculum. 

Themes that can be covered include Compulsory Australian Curriculum (including Moreton Bay Penal settlement and Secondary Offenders), Crime and Punishment, Creating a Nation and Federation, Archaeology, Architecture, Geology, Immigration, Continuity and Change, Significant Individuals, Investigating European exploration and movement of people, Colonial Brisbane and Convict Brisbane.

Please contact our Museum Manager Sanna Nalder to discuss any requirements for your group tour and to arrange a booking. Due to the size of the building, for safety reasons and to ensure the comfort of our guests we are able to accommodate one tour at a time. With this in mind please attempt to plan your visit and book group tours a month in advance to avoid the disappointment of your preferred date and time being unavailable!

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Lorelle SaulWould I be right in saying these photographs were taken in lower ground area? If so have the convict carvings in the bricks been preserved? I worked in this building back in the 70's when the Law Reform Commission was located there and I used to park my car in the yard at the back and come up through the lower section every single day and I always remember seeing the records of the convicts who built the building. The restoration of the building began during my time there and clearly remember thinking what a wonderful work of the stonemasons. Another thing I haven't forgotten was having to run around with loads of buckets every time it rained because the roof leaked like a sieve and all measures had to be taken to ensure the law books from all over the world that comprised our library didn't get damaged and also having to trawl through said books when updates arrived and had to be inserted in the appropriate place in the books. Ah yes, those were the days.2 weeks ago   ·  1

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Ties that bind - Lebanese in Queensland seminar registrations are still open until Thursday 13 April. Please register to attend the fascinating one-day seminar and the Ties that bind exhibition opening held on Saturday 22 April by contacting The Royal Historical Society of Queensland at info@queenslandhistory.org.au or 07 3221 4198 (we are open Tue-Fri from 10am to 4pm). Places are filling up fast! ... See MoreSee Less

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If you are interested in finding out how the popular Lost Brisbane 2 came into being, there is now a possibility to join co-author Margaret Kowald as she shares her experiences in researching and writing the book.

Margaret will present in the following BCC libraries in April:

Friday, 7 April | 10 – 11am Garden City Library

Saturday, 22 April | 1 – 2pm Fairfield Library

Saturday, 29 April | 11am – 12pm Sunnybank Hills Library

As a sequel to the popular first edition, Lost Brisbane 2 traces the changes in the city and its environs in a later period from the 1940s to the 1990s and is a spectacular collection of more than 450 photographs from The Royal Historical Society of Queensland's photographic collection as well as from other significant collections, including that of the Brisbane City Council.

The book is not only about buildings and places that no longer exist. It highlights the changes in landscapes, streetscapes, infrastructure, work places, transport, and recreational pursuits.

Photographs bring the story to life; the appearance of air raid shelters during World War II, the city decorated for Royal Visits, City Hall as the heart of the city, the introduction of traffic lights, the busy Roma Street markets, the loss of wharves and trams, street protests, the cafés, theatres, hotels and the high-rise phenomena.

Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your own from home for Margaret to sign.
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Chris MichieEvery household, business and school should own a copy of both outstanding publications - Lost Brisbane 1 and 2. Congratulations to Margaret and her colleagues for their tireless efforts, on behalf of the RHSQ, to present Queensland's history in such an entertaining format.3 weeks ago   ·  2

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Please note that Commissariat Store Museum will be closed today due to the severe weather warnings. ... See MoreSee Less